One of the furphies (misstatements, lies, errors) is that a composite PDF cannot hold spot colours. Wrong. InDesign 2.0 and Illustrator 10 change the rules here too somewhat: both can create composite, trapped PDF with transparency. Before these applications, doing this relied on high end, “prepress” systems. Will need to write more about this soon…
Sorry about the lack of posts. Been on the road for 2 weeks with one left to go!
Official announcement of InDesign @ ACP here. I spent 6 weeks of my life @ ACP in the middle of last year. Learnt heaps.
Adobe has posted a PDF detailing InDesign 2.0 from a prepress/output perspective: InDesign CS Printing Guide
For those interested in InDesign. The ‘engineer’ mentioned is, err, me.
How the mungenetengine works is a quickie description of what is going on behind the scenes.
There’s another rewrite in my head. In my features database, there are 21 to-dos. So many ideas, so little time. The more I think about mungenetengine, I realise that there is a better way. At the moment, the render engine is tied up in one object- not the best way to create a OO application.
When you ‘write’ your own application, and run it live, its easy to see how difficult it is to create large applications like Photoshop or InDesign. Let alone an operating system…